Ron Chernow, Robert J. Shiller and Michael I. Sovern to Receive Gold Honor Medals on November 14

Ron Chernow, Robert J. Shiller and Michael I. Sovern

Ron Chernow, Robert J. Shiller and Michael I. Sovern

The National Institute of Social Sciences will honor three distinguished Americans--author and biographer Ron Chernow, economist and Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, and Columbia University president emeritus Michael I. Sovern--at the 103rd Gold Medal Dinner on Tuesday, November 14, in New York City.

Ron Chernow’s bestselling books include The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award; The Warburgs, which won the George S. Eccles Prize; The Death of the Banker; Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Washington: A Life, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; and Alexander Hamilton, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and adapted into the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton. Chernow is a past president of PEN, has received eight honorary doctoral degrees, and was awarded the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His newest book, Grant, is scheduled to be published in October 2017.

Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, and professor of finance and a fellow at the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management. In 2013, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen. Since 1980, he has been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 1991, he co-founded the firm Case Shiller Weiss, which produced the Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, now published by Standard & Poor’s. He has been vice president of the American Economic Association (2005), president of the Eastern Economic Association (2006-07), and president of the American Economic Association (2016).

Michael I. Sovern is president emeritus of Columbia University and Chancellor Kent Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He joined the  Columbia law faculty in 1957, served as chair of the Executive Committee of the Faculty (1968-69); dean of the law school (1970-79); university provost (1979-80); and university president (1980-93). He has served as chairman of Sotheby's and president of the Shubert Foundation. Sovern has been a mediator between the New York Transit Authority and the Transport Workers Union, as well as between New York City and its firefighters and policemen. He has been a consultant to Time magazine and the Ford Foundation. 

The National Institute has presented the Gold Honor Medals annually since 1913 to distinguished Americans who have significantly contributed to the improvement of society. Previous honorees include four former U.S. Presidents, Supreme Court justices and other members of the judiciary, six former U.S. Secretaries of State, as well numerous luminaries in academia, law, government, education, philanthropy, the arts, medicine, science, and industry.

About the National Institute of Social Sciences
Established in 1912, the National Institute of Social Sciences is an honorary society of Americans dedicated by service and philanthropy to the public good and joined together to recognize and celebrate those who have achieved at the highest level. In addition to presenting the Gold Honor Medals each year, the National Institute makes grants to graduate students in the social sciences, and has a vibrant chapter in Palm Beach, Florida.

For information about the National Institute or the Gold Medal Dinner, please contact the National Institute's office at (212) 831-0560 or